Boise City Council to Grant Public Art Project for New Library at Bown Crossing 

click to enlarge Artist rendering of proposed Bown Crossing library - FFA ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS, INC.
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  • Artist rendering of proposed Bown Crossing library

Boise City officials should be all-smiles Wednesday, Oct. 28 when they break ground for a long-anticipated new library branch.

The $8.5 million Library! at Bown Crossing will be framed by Riverside Elementary School to the west, East Boise Avenue to the south, Parkcenter Boulevard to the north and Bown Way to the east. Preliminary designs indicate building materials, including sandstone and natural timber accents, will have regional and historic significance.

Integrated public art will also be a major element of the design, which is why the Boise City Department of Arts and History solicited proposals from artists, architects and designers for what should be a high-profile project, expected to cost approximately $60,000. City officials said they received 19 unique proposals, and a panel of experts is prepared to make recommendation to the Boise City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

At the top of the proposed list is Brooklyn, New York-based artist Janet Zweig whose work includes public art projects in Kansas City, Mo.; Columbus, Ohio; Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and her hometown of New York City. Out of a possible 1,000-points, Zweig garnered 893 points. According to the panel, the highest-ranking proposal from Idaho came from Boise artists Leslie Dixon and Ken McCall, who came in ninth place with 682-points.

In a separate high-profile public art project where national artists were asked to submit proposals to adorn four new fire stations in Boise, the Boise City Council ignored an independent panel's recommendation to grant the project to a California artist, instead awarding the contract to a team of local of artists who came in seventh place.
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